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Books in brief: “The Bones of Grace” by Tahmima Anam

'The book’s concern with the dichotomy between passion and marital security is also outshone by Anam’s forays into social commentary'

By Tanjil Rashid   August 2016

9781925355017The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam (Canongate Books, £14.99)

In The Bones of Grace, Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam has, like Herman Melville before her, adopted the quest for a whale as the symbolic centre of a novel. Her protagonist, Zubaida, is a marine palaeontologist who goes on an expedition to Baluchistan to find the bones of the fabled Ambulocetus. The mystery of this marine mammal is matched by Zubaida’s own mystery. She’s torn between two men: Elijah, an American she fell for at Harvard, and Anwar, the suitable boy awaiting their wedding…

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